White-flowered snake's head fritillary

Fritillaria meleagris var. unicolor subvar. alba

White-flowered snake's head fritillary - Fritillaria meleagris var. unicolor subvar. alba

Common Name: White-flowered snake's head fritillary
Genus: Fritillaria
Species: meleagris var. unicolor subvar. alba

Category: Wildflowers
Growth Rate: Average

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.30 m (30 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.08 m (8 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: April & May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained



Pretty pendent white bells on slender stems emerge in April and May. These delightful wildflowers were once widespread throughout the UK and are perfect for naturalising in a moist woodland edge or wildflower garden. It's essential to select a site where the soil remains moist in spring.

  • Garden care:Try to plant the bulbs as early as possible so the roots have a chance to grow before the worst of the winter weather. Plant them in a random clump or drift 10cm deep and 5cm apart and keep them well watered in spring - then dryer in summer.


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